My journey with BRACE started in 2016 when I decided to run the London Marathon and fundraise for this amazing cause.

Alzheimer’s and dementia sit closely within my heart - in 2010 my world changed forever when my grandma, my best friend, my confidant, my counsellor, my life coach, sadly got diagnosed with a strand of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This not only affected her but everyone around her who loved and cared for her so much. With watching this disease unfold first hand I decided that I wanted to give something back by fundraising – this led me to the fantastic team at BRACE. With their help and support, and with sheer determination, I managed to complete the London Marathon.

Completing the marathon and fundraising at the same time was one of the best experiences of my life. After training for months, raising money through countless cake sales, non-uniform days, charity events and even appearing in the local newspaper, crossing the finish line was the most rewarding and satisfying experience I’ve ever had. I would definitely recommend it to anyone!

Unfortunately the deterioration in my grandma’s health got worse and shortly after the marathon she passed away. But this didn’t stop me, I had hope. Hope of a better future for the next generation and hope that no family would face what my family once faced. The team at BRACE stayed in contact with me through this time and for this I will be forever grateful.

After two years, I decided it was time for a new adventure and this time I found myself fundraising for BRACE by taking part in a skydive! A once in a life time opportunity! Fundraising through raffles, sweepstakes and with the support of family and friends I soon found myself ready to jump out of a plane at 15,000 ft. A liberating and indescribable feeling.

My advice to anyone would be to just go and do it! Life is for living, so make it count! Drop an email, write a letter, make a phone call. You can do anything you want to in life. I just want to say a special thanks to BRACE for their support and guidance as I know I definitely wouldn’t have run a marathon or jumped out of a plane without them. Together we can beat dementia, together we have hope.